It is humbling to discover what readers are saying about The Secret of Willow Inn. I’m honored to share some comments:

“Pat Nichols does a fantastic job of creating characters everyone is sure to fall in love with, a town that knows everyone’s business and has plenty of gossip to share, and a love for their community that will have you both laughing and crying.”

“Loved the contrast between big-city and small-town life. Characters were interesting and interacted well, with a good mix of emotions and tension.”

“The characters come to life against a backdrop of a small town in the beautiful North Georgia mountains, reminiscent of a Jan Karon novel full of quirky and fun people.”

“I loved how Nichols wove fresh starts, second chances, and forgiveness throughout.”

“This story beautifully combines elements of relationship drama and women’s fiction in a character-driven narrative that is hard to put down.”

“The dialogue is crisp and real, characters deep and authentic.”

“Loved, loved, loved this story! I felt many emotions while I read the story of the good folks of Willow Falls.”

“The plot twists and turns were well done, and the townspeople relatable!”

        The tragedy and Willow Inn’s secret past launch Emily and Rachel on a collision course with destiny and truth.


Scathing publicity threatens to undermine Redding Arms’ grand opening and Willow Falls’ debut as a North Georgia tourist destination.

Rachel Streetman has dreamed of becoming a stage actress. Following her successful audition for a respected Broadway director, she is forced to make a difficult decision. Another career disappointment could crush her dream and send her reeling back into Charlie Bricker’s arms.

After waiting for months to hear from publishers, Emily Hayes receives one response—a rejection. When famous artist Naomi Jasper offers her much-needed money to finish writing, then cast and direct a play about Willow Falls’ colorful history, she faces a difficult decision—postpone rewriting her novel or accept the project. After convincing Rachel to partner with her, she agrees to take on the play. Failure to deliver is not an option.

Five newcomers and one British tourist test the town’s quirky but lovable residents, who dig deep to surmount the conflicts and catastrophes that challenge Willow Falls’ small-town charms.

But the avalanche of trouble in Willow Falls may remind all its residents of what binds them together: honesty, love, loyalty, and a sense of humor.